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Craig Burley believes Mason Mount must regret leaving Chelsea (Picture: ESPN)

Mason Mount must be regretting his ‘terrible move’ to Manchester United and fearing it was a ‘big mistake’ to leave Chelsea, according to Craig Burley.

The England midfielder swapped Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford last summer, leaving his boyhood club in a deal worth £60m.

Mount had enjoyed four productive seasons at Chelsea, making close to 200 appearances for the Blues and helping them win the Champions League in 2021.

But the 25-year-old has endured a difficult first season at Manchester United, with injury issues and a dip in form restricting him to just five Premier League starts.

Mount made a rare start at Crystal Palace on Monday night but could not prevent the Red Devils from suffering an embarrassing 4-0 defeat before his 80th-minute substitution.

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Burley believes Mount must be questioning why he left Chelsea and says his move to Manchester United has worked out ‘terribly’.

‘Mason Mount, obviously he’s had an injury-ravaged season, but even when he’s been fit he looks like a guy who’s thinking, “oh my god, I’ve just made a big mistake”,’ he told ESPN.

Mount has endured a difficult first season at Manchester United

Mount has endured a difficult first season at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

‘Not that Chelsea are great, they’re not, of course they’re not. But as a player you make a decision and he thought he was going to a club that were on the front foot.

‘Whilst he’s been poor himself and he’s been out for a while, he’s got to be thinking to himself, “I’ve made a terrible move here.”’

There’s little to separate Mount’s current and former clubs in the Premier League table, with United and Chelsea both on 54 points with three games to play.

Mount struggled to make an impact in the recent 4-0 defeat at Selhurst Park, so much so that Rio Ferdinand was left questioning whether he was ‘even on the pitch’.

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Discussing Mount’s performance, Stephen Howson – who co-hosts Ferdinand’s Vibe with Five podcast – said: ‘I was texting with Rio through the game actually and Rio was like, “Is he even on the pitch?”

‘I actually thought, for the first ten minutes, I’m sitting there going, “Mount’s having a good game”, and then after that first ten minutes I don’t remember seeing him.’

Manchester United have three more league games to play – against Arsenal, Newcastle and Brighton – before finishing the season with an FA Cup final against Manchester City.

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